U i CD (2012)

Artist: Leila

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Label Warp Records/redeye
SKU 227174209
UPC 801061022020
UPC 14 00801061022020
Format CD
Release Date 1/24/2012
Author Leila
Technical Info
CatalogID WARPCD 220
Lable Name Warp
Released 01/23/2012
Original Release 2012
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 45m : 54s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 08010610220202
Album Notes and Credits
Lyricists: Leila; Mt. Sims.
Photographer: Andy Cox.
Four years after her stunning comeback Blood, Looms and Blooms, Leila returns with U&I, a set of songs that are as dense and direct as her previous album was elaborate and enveloping. Everything is pruned and streamlined, from her sonic palette to her list of collaborators: instead of a cast of characters that ranged from Terry Hall to her sister, Leila sticks to working with Mt. Sims, who also took the Knife and Planningtorock's music in similarly experimental directions. Coming after the eclectic flourishes of Blood, Looms and Blooms, the rawness of "Activate, Pt. 1"'s thudding electro-punk and murky vocal collages like "In Consideration" are something of a shock, and perhaps even a little disappointing. However, Leila has never pursued a linear career, and her refusal to make the same music from release to release has allowed her far more options than more predictable artists. As U&I unfolds, Leila's partnership with Mt. Sims settles into a more understandable groove: her productions decorate and elaborate on his blunt vocal outbursts and gain urgency from them, particularly on the driving "Welcome to Your Life" and "Colony Collapse Disorder," where buzzing and squealing electronics mimic a frantic hive-mind. "(Disappointed Cloud) Anyway" even nods to Blood, Looms and Blooms' subversive pop instincts in its own way, and on later tracks, Leila's ear for detailed arrangements resurfaces, particularly on instrumentals like "Eight," "Boudica," and the whimsical album closer "Forasmuch," all of which may provide a gateway to the album's charms for fans unsure of what to make of its abrasiveness. Ultimately, U&I's brashness is more intriguing than confounding, with a freshness that reaffirms Leila as a thoughtful and challenging producer. ~ Heather Phares
Professional Reviews
CMJ - "[Leila] is a methodical artist, but her methods are as equally rooted in impulse and intuition as they are in systematic thinking..."
Uncut (magazine) (p.91) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's the intoxicating instrumentals, 'Boudica' and 'In Motion Slow', that remind you of her capricious talent."
Disc 1
1 Of One
2 Activate, Pt. 1
3 All of This
4 Welcome To Your Life
5 In Consideration
6 Eight
7 (Disappointed Cloud) Anyway
8 Interlace
9 Colony Collapse Disorder
10 Boudica
11 In Motion Slow
12 U&I
13 Forasmuch
Product Attributes
Artist Leila
Music Format Compact Disc

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